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Part-Time Office Administrator Needed – Apply by 15 February

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

OPSEU Local 560 is currently looking for an experienced Part-time Office Administrator to join our team in the Scarborough/North York area.  This position is for 30 hours a week, on a fixed-term contract until June 30, 2017.

Compensation commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience

As an Office Administrator, you would be responsible for the following:

  • Answering and directing phone calls to the Local office
  • Administrative support: filing, responding to emails, completing reports
  • Organizing information, in paper or electronic format
  • Updating electronic databases
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Updating and maintaining the membership list, contacting members as needed
  • Transcription of meetings at different locations, and occasionally at times outside of regular business hours
  • Maintaining a schedule of events, and attending events as needed
  • Preparing material for meetings and ordering catering, as required
  • Occasional research in support of Local activities
  • Executing simple bank transactions for the Local, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate must possess the following skills:

  • 3-5 years of administration experience
  • Proficient software skills – Word and Outlook
  • Advanced software skills – Excel (ability to organize data using Excel formulas)
  • 65 wpm keyboarding
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to organize bulk distribution of materials, including print and electronic
  • Flexibility of scheduling; ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to travel to different sites accessible by TTC and/or YRT public transit
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Strong ability to handle intense periods of high activity
  • Union knowledge or experience an asset
  • Knowledge of academic environments, especially Seneca College, an asset

If you are interested and qualified for this opportunity, please email your resume in confidence to Allison Lougheed at no later than February 15, 2017.

Demand-Setting and Budget Meeting 13 February 2017

| January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Location: Dragon Pearl Buffet Restaurant,
865 York Mills Rd #2, North York, ON M3B 1Y6
(just west of Don Mills Rd)

Refreshments at 5:30, meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

At this meeting, we will be determining the 2017 budget for Local 560. No less importantly, we will be voting on and ranking our priorities as a Local for this summer’s round of Collective Agreement negotiations.


  • Annual Budget
  • Negotiations Team Presentation
  • Demand-Setting
  • Contract Faculty Update and Mobilization discussion

Free parking, child/eldercare reimbursement, refreshments to suit all dietary needs.
All Full-time and Partial-load faculty are invited to attend. We welcome Part-time and Sessional faculty as guests, space permitting.

If you have any questions contact us by email or phone as usual. We look forward to seeing you! Phone: 416-495-1599 Email:

Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

As you may know, the Province has introduced a new framework for determining executive pay at Ontario’s Colleges. In response, the Seneca College Board of Governors has developed compensation guidelines for Seneca Senior adminstrators, located at:

This proposal would give the Seneca College President a maximum salary of $494,000, and Vice-Presidents a maximum salary of $328,000. Those figures would represent a salary increase of over 19% for the President’s current salary, and an increase of over 25% from the Vice-President Academic’s 2015 salary.

By way of comparison, faculty salaries have increased on average less than 0.75% since 2011.

The Board of Governors has asked you to provide feedback (at the above webpage) on their proposed Executive Compensation guidelines, by 4:00 P.M., on Sunday, January 29. Your elected Local 560 officers urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to communicate your opinion about the most appropriate way to measure and compensate the performance of Senior administrators at Seneca College.

To summarize the Board of Governors’ guidelines (further summaries can be found in the newspaper articles linked below), they propose to base the salaries of Seneca’s President and Vice-Presidents on the median salaries of proposed comparator groups throughout the broader public sector. However, in the proposed Executive Compensation guidelines, the vast majority of comparators appear to earn significantly more than the Seneca senior managers currently earn. For example, the President of Humber College (who earned $36,000 more than Seneca’s President in 2015) is listed as a comparator, while the President of George Brown College (who earned $38,000 less than Seneca’s President) is not.

Other comparators include the senior administrators for such institutions as major hospitals (e.g., the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, with a 2016 President’s Salary of $738,565), the LCBO (2016 President’s salary: $459,178) , and MaRS (2015 CEO Salary: $507,269). A complete list of the proposed comparators can be found on the Executive Compensation Program document, linked to the page above.

According to the proposed guidelines, 20% of the President’s salary, and 15% of the Vice-Presidents’ salary would be “at risk based on annual performance”. The guidelines, however, fail to identify any standards by which these executives’ performance might be measured. We encourage you to communicate to the Board of Governors what you consider to be appropriate metrics to measure the performance of Senior Executives. By way of example, Darryl Bedford of OPSEU Local 110 at Fanshawe College has proposed the following list:

  • Percentage of funding that is spent on student learning
  • Improvement in the student to teacher ratio
  • Improvement in the Non-FT to Full-Time faculty ratio
  • Verified implementation of collegial governance processes and comprehensive academic freedom

Should you want to offer your feedback on Seneca’s Executive Compensation Program, in addition to the articles linked below, you might wish to consider any of the following points:

  • Since 2014, hundreds of contracts for teaching faculty that would previously have been Partial-Load were made Part-Time, depriving those faculty members of work hours and extended health benefits. At the time, Seneca’s President wrote a letter to faculty justifying that decision, citing among other reasons “eroding government support”, “the issue of resources”, and “fiscal restraint at Queen’s Park”.
  • According to Provincial KPI measurements, since 2012, Seneca’s student satisfaction rate has dropped by 3.9%, our graduates are now the least satisfied of any GTA College’s, and the satisfaction rate of their employers has similarly dropped by 2.6%.
  • Following recent cuts to classroom hours, research conducted by Local 560 concluded that Seneca College programs consistently offer fewer classroom hours than the minimums published in the Ministry’s Ontario Qualifications Framework.

The Board of Governors notes that “it is important that an executive compensation program is appropriate, accountable and effective”. We agree, and encourage you to share your thoughts at the above webpage, on the issue of how to determine appropriate compensation, and how to ensure the accountability and measure the performance of Seneca’s Senior Executives.

We further further invite you to e-mail a copy of your comments from a non-Seneca e-mail address to We welcome the opportunity to publish some of your comments anonymously, to foster a genuine conversation among the 1,100 members of Local 560, about the value that Seneca College places upon its different employees.

Yours in Solidarity,

Jonathan Singer
President, Local 560

Article Links:

Simona Chiose, “Ontario Colleges Could Increase Executive Pay by More than 50%” (Globe and Mail, Jan 17)

Kristin Rushowy, “College Presidents Could Get Massive Pay Hikes to Match Other Public Sectors” (Toronto Star, Jan. 18)

Mark Regg Cohn, “College Presidents Make a Play to Overpay Themselves” (Toronto Star, Jan. 20)

Faculty Social – 19 February 2017

| January 22, 2017 | 2 Comments
Bier Markt Menu

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All faculty, counselors and librarians welcomed!

February 19, 2017

12pm – 2pm

The Bier Markt
7 O’Neill Road, Toronto, ON, M3C 0H2

Paid for by your union, OPSEU Local 560

Let’s be collegial!

  • Meet your fellow faculty members across all campuses
  • Share teaching experiences from your Schools
  • All faculty welcomed!
  • This is not a meeting: no reports, no votes, no agenda. Let’s just be collegial!
  • Sign up here and advise on any food allergies or intolerances.
  • RSVP by February 10th, 2017
If you have any questions contact us by email or phone as usual. We look forward to seeing you!
Phone: 416-495-1599 Email:


Fairness for Contract Faculty Day of Action

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

King Campus Steward Election

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

An election will be held to fill vacant steward positions at King Campus on Thursday, October 6

Location – Boardroom “A” (off the main foyer)

Time – 1:00 to 2:00

All Local 560 members in good standing are eligible to stand for election as steward.

For more information, contact Frank Yee,

Called to Account

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

When management chooses to attack the union and its representatives rather than do the right thing by its workers, they will ultimately be called to account.

In a stinging rebuke of both their conduct and motives, Herlich raked senior MCSCS management over the coals for their “conspiracy to target the grievor and teach him a lesson.” He singled out North Bay superintendent Lou-Ann Lucier for acting out of “anti-union animus.”

Herlich went on to slam the employer for abusing its own workplace discrimination and harassment policy, which it used to justify its conduct towards Bisaillon.

As a further act of reparation, Herlich ordered the ministry to post a notice in North Bay Jail promising, among other things, not to discourage union membership, interfere with the union’s representatives, or remove union notices. The ministry must also promise to “make Michel Bisaillon and the union whole for the damages they have suffered.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the board’s decision represented a huge win for the rights of working people to be represented by a union and to be protected against employer intimidation.

It is far better for everyone — and a lot less costly — to work collaboratively with the union toward mutual goals.

Member Discounts

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Member DiscountsDid you know that membership in OPSEU entitles you to receive discounts at various merchants? From car insurance to mobile phones and venue admissions, you can save money by shopping “Team OPSEU”. For a list of current discount offers, see or click the Member Discount link in the right hand column below.

Benefits You Newsletter

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

beneyouthumbnailThe Joint Insurance Committee has just released the January 2016 version of “Benefits You” with information about your benefits. In particular, it has a couple of answers to questions Partial-Load Faculty may have.

Check that SWF!

| January 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

New terms are often full of surprises — moreso now that we have i3 and some strange college policies to contend with. Faculty are already reporting unusually large class sizes, and uncertainty about how many students they’ll have come first day of classes on Tuesday, January 12.

If you have significantly more students than was estimated on your SWF, or there are other things that don’t jive with what you expected regarding your workload or teaching responsibilities this term, consult with your Chair about these changes, and request an adjusted SWF with updated figures. You may also need additional prep time if large numbers of students in a small classroom requires reworking the way the course is taught. We ask you to make these requests for changes to your Chair, and copy so we can be sure workload is being adequately captured.

Remember that it’s not just about individual faculty overtime, or ensuring the workload is within the maximums provided for in the collective agreement; it’s about getting an accurate picture of the work being done by faculty at the college. This could mean additional jobs for faculty, or the conversion of a part-time position to partial-load.

As we saw last term, there may be changes to your timetable and classes well into week 3, so be prepared for anything. And if it bugs you, let us know.